Special Series: Head Start

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Common Cents: The Benefits of Expanding Head Start

New research indicates that Head Start offers a substantial benefit for students who are least likely to enroll and yields a significant financial gain for the government.

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Changing Parental Behavior One Nudge at a Time

University of Chicago Developmental Psychologist Ariel Kalil discusses the use of behavioral economics in parenting interventions, research on preschool, and challenges in the field of early childhood education.

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A Window of Opportunity: Yasmina Vinci Discusses the Past 50 Years of Head Start

Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director of the National Head Start Association, discusses the past, present, and future of the organization, including challenges and opportunities for growth.

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Editor’s Note: Looking Back on Fifty Years of Head Start

The Head Start Program turns fifty this year, and it has earned its fair share of both supporters and detractors. The Child and Family team looks at some of the perspectives constituting the conversation.

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It’s Back to School for Head Start Parents

New research shows that, for some parents, the Head Start program can improve educational outcomes but has no impact on employment outcomes.

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Who Benefits Most from Head Start Programs?

New research on the impact of Head Start finds that participation leads to large cognitive gains, particularly among children with the lowest initial cognitive skills.